Jan 21, 2013 12:00pm PST
together to strengthen the middle class, to shrink the deficit and fight for equal pay for men and women and help sure the safety our children, reform immigration law and establish equal rights for gay americans. he devoted several sentences to the battle against climate change which is notable considering some of the critics barely took on the issue the first term. the facts back that up. the president called for our divided congress to act. >> for now, decisions are upon us. we cannot afford delay. we cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. we must act. we must act, knowing our work will be imperfect. >>shepard: he defended the social welfare programs including medicare, medicaid, and social security. now we turn to ed henry live in lafayette park. the president drew inspiration from abraham lincoln and dr. martin luther king jr. in the speech. >>reporter: no doubt. it is no secret this is the first african-american secret and he happens to be sworn in on the same day we celebrate martin luther king jr. day.